Hello I'm Josh Kent and I am giving myself one year. One year to go from who I am currently, to the person that I want to be. The count down starts today 01/10/13. Hope ya'll support me

6 Amazing scents

  1. Peppermint has been proven to enhance your cognitive memory, according to the Sense of Smell Institute. When it was administered either through the mouth or nose, the smell of peppermint improved participants’ scores on tasks related to recognition, working memory, and visual-motor response speed. It also does wonders for your workout: A 2013 study in the Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition found that when participants drank peppermint-infused water for 10 days, it significantly reduced their perceived physical workload during a treadmill stress test. Peppermint was also found to improve pain threshold
  2. A 2009 study found that cinnamon filtered through the air improved people’s increased ratings of alertness, and decreased frustration during a driving simulation. Cinnamon compounds may also help protect against Alzheimer’s, according to a 2013 study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Researchers found that the compounds in cinnamon cinnamaldehyde and epicatechin help stop build up of tau proteins in the brain, which lead to degenerative memory. 
  3. Rosemary, this herb has been found to improve concentration, speed, and accuracy on mental tasks. It also enhances memory quality, according to 2013 research from Northumbria University.
  4. Jasmine, Snooze like a baby tonight by incorporating jasmine into your sleep routine. A 2010 study in the Journal of Biological Chemistry found that when jasmine was administered into the air, respondents had greater sleep efficiency deeper shuteye and less tossing and turning. Upon waking up, those who slept breathing in jasmine reported lower levels of anxiety and greater alertness in afternoon hours. 
  5. Similar to jasmine, lavender is best for its relaxation benefits. A 2005 Wesleyan University study found that people who sniffed lavender before bed increased their amount of deep sleep. Another study found that those who smelled the scent fell asleep faster and woke up less during the night.
  6. Citrus smells can help reduce stress. Brazilian scientists found that people who sniffed sweet orange essential oil before a stressful test reported lower anxiety levels.

THE MIRACLE OF WILD RICE

Okay I am not exaggerating at all here his stuff in just one cup of rice has 3 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein. its like it was put here with a hammer and an anvil to help forge muscle in people everywhere. It tastes great too and is a wonderful alternative to brown rice.

Exfoliating Foot Scrub

Mix 1/2 cup cranberry juice 

3/4 cup sea salt

1 cup Coconut oil

1/2 cup shampoo

3/4 cup sand 

remember to soak your feet in warm water before hand and to scrub in a circular motion

Making Feet Smell Lovely ( so i don’t want to puke)

  • Bathe them in water with some baking soda. Make sure the soda dissolves; it must dissolve or else it will clump up and you’ll have to restart the process. Add a little bit of lemon after the baking soda dissolves. Add some scented, mixed with anti bacterial soap for five to ten minutes,Use  then rinse them off and apply lotion.
  • Before you wear shoes, put essential oil into them then put in baby powder on your shoes and socks.
  • Try not to wear shoes more than two days in a row. If you do, air them out really well. Try taking out the sole and putting a dryer sheet there, then putting the sole back in.

Avoiding smelly feet?

  • Buy shoes for their purpose: running shoes for running, Chuck Taylor’s or sneakers for walking. Wearing the wrong shoes can also have negative effects on your body in terms of posture or cushioning.
  • Get different insoles for each pair of shoes, this seems like a no-brainer but sometimes when people get gel insoles they just switch them over when using other shoes
  • If possible, don’t wear the same shoe two days in a row.
  • A dark colored tennis shoe, like black, might look cool on you, but I wear white socks, and if you do, be aware that the black color can stain your socks, and stains smell. You might want to try wearing black socks with black shoes.
  • Shoe stains are not the only cause. Sometimes, if you wear white socks, you can get yellow sweat stains on the sole of your feet, which smell even worse, especially on low-cut socks. Look for anti-bacterial or moisture-wicking socks, personally the latter is my favorite. they can be found at most athletic and sports stores.

Clear Skin

Washing your face with oatmeal is also a great way to combat acne, rashes, and flakiness.  Any brand of plain oatmeal will do, just take a fistful and hold it under warm water for two or three minutes, then massage into wet skin for about a minute and rinse off.  The oatmeal should not feel rough like you’re scrubbing your skin. 

Honey is also a great mask.  A thin layer left on the face for 20 minutes will add glow and moisture, and is also good against acne.

Whole milk is really great at removing old skin because of the lactic acid.  Pour it directly into a hot bath.  It is a bit drying, so don’t stay more than 20 minutes and be sure to moisturize afterwards.

Coconut milk is really soothing on sunburn, and really moisturizing anyway.  You can literally find it in the grocery aisle.  Just dump a can in the bath and relax (your tub will be slippery after, so be careful!)

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We’ve given our individual Nautical Knot Soaps a new look! Now each knot comes in its own drawstring jute bag (at no extra cost). Isa designed some fantastic labels for the bags too, which lists the ingredients on the back.

HOW. COOL. OMG

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thebowerstudio:

We’ve given our individual Nautical Knot Soaps a new look! Now each knot comes in its own drawstring jute bag (at no extra cost). Isa designed some fantastic labels for the bags too, which lists the ingredients on the back.

HOW. COOL. OMG

I like My Skin, and Hair

I like my skin, without it I would look red and have veins showing not very attractive right. It is my outer layer and I want to take care of it the best I can. So there are different things you can do to take care of it, and different things to take care of your hair.

• Combing with a wooden comb (or natural bristle brush) neutralizes the static electricity, distributes natural oils, and keeps the hairs untangled.

• Make a habit of combing your hair for 5 minutes morning and night.

• Prior to showering, vigorously massage oil (almond oil recommended) into your hair and scalp.(3)

• Wrap it with a thick cloth (so you don’t mess up your clothes).

• Let sit for an hour or two then wash your hair as usual.

• For an extra treat, mix yogurt and a fragrance in with the oil before massaging your hair.

• Expose your hair, head, and skull to the sun at least once a week.

• Braid your hair before bed if it is long, so that it stays neat and doesn’t pull on the scalp too much.

  • Take cold showers each morning, 

    When the cold water hits your body, all the blood rushes to the organs. The blood moves in order to protect the organs and keep them warm. This is an automatic self-defense mechanism. As the blood moves inward, it flushes the capillary system. In this way, the capillary system of the body gets a powerful work-out.

    Cold showers stimulate the body in a way that can vastly improve circulation and flush the organs clean. This, in turn, keeps your skin radiant and the blood chemistry young and healthy. It also stimulates healthy secretions from the glandular system and strengthens the nervous system.

  • Massage your body with a small amount of oil. Almond oil is highly recommended. It contains lots of minerals. You won’t be greasy after the shower. When wet, the oil gets absorbed by the skin.
  • Get the cold water flowing. Move in and out of the water several times, constantly massaging your body until the water no longer feels cold
  • Don’t use SPF above 20, it can overload your skin with chemicals when looking for a sunscreen look for oil free and non-comedogenic
  • Try to stay out of the sun between 10 am and 3 pm during the summer, they are the hottest times in the day
  • Always rinse off as much as possible after swimming in a chlorine pool, it can dry out your skin and cause allergic reactions.
  • Do no spray perfume directly on skin it reacts badly with the sun.
  • Use an oil and sea salt scrub every day to keep skin soft, if you have sensitive skin use sugar instead of oil its easier on skin.
  • Dilute your Body wash by adding some oils to hydrate and keep the skin soft.
  • Never have really hot baths. This is bad for your skin and keeps you unprepared for outside, and also strips you of most moisturizers.

Carob V.S Chocolate

Carob is an ingredient that you only seem to run into in health food stores or in the “healthy foods” aisle of the regular grocery store.  It’s usually used as an alternative to chocolate and you’ll find it in a number of chocolate-like formats: as a powder for baking, chips that you can add to cookies, or as a flavoring in candy, baked goods, and hot beverage mixes. So, what are the advantages of substituting carob for chocolate?

Health Benefits of Carob over Chocolate

  • Carob tannin contain Gallic acid that works as an analgesic, anti-allergic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and antiseptic.
  • Carob improves digestion and lowers cholesterol level in the blood.
  • It is used for treating diarrhea in children and adults alike.
  • Since it does not contain caffeine, carob benefits people with high blood pressure.
  • Regular use of carob helps in preventing lung cancer.
  • The vitamin E content in carob helps in treating cough, flu, anemia and osteoclasis.
  • The Gallic acid in carob helps in preventing and treating polio in children.
  • Carob fights against osteoporosis, due to its richness in phosphorus and calcium.
  • Carob pod husks are chewed by singers to clear the voice and throat.

Perhaps the primary benefit of carob as a chocolate substitute is that, unlike cocoa, carob contains no caffeine or theobromine. Both of these chemicals (which belong to a family of substances called methylxanthines) are stimulants; while caffeine works primarily on the central nervous system, theobromine stimulates the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems.

These stimulating effects are sometimes beneficial. Caffeine has neuroprotective effects, reducing your risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Theobromine, on the other hand, dilates (or widens) blood vessels and increases urine output, which can help lower blood pressure. It’s also been found to act as a cough suppressant and dilate the bronchial tubes, making breathing easier. Both caffeine and theobromine affect the production and uptake of neurotransmitters in ways that can lift your mood. 

However, it’s also possible to be over-stimulated. Both caffeine and theobromine can cause adverse effects such as sleeplessness, jitters, or anxiety if consumed in excessive quantities. The amount of caffeine and theobromine in chocolate won’t bother most people but for those who are very sensitive to stimulants, even small amounts can create problems.

Theobromine is what makes chocolate toxic to dogs, by the way which is why “chocolate”-flavored dog treats are actually made with carob.

Gee gotta love Ghee

Yeah I couldn’t help myself with the title I had to do it. It is the very punny guy in me coming out again.

now I just wanna say BUTTER KILLS. but it tastes SO GOOD. its depressing to lose a single bit of this delicious substance from your life.

BUT I HAVE THE SOLUTION, and it has a funny name lol. 

Ghee, which is clarified (whatever that means in science terms) butter, actually has positive health benefits. Ghee has been successfully used for medicinal purposes in ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India, for millennia.

Ghee can be prescribed as cooking oil as part of an ayurvedic diet, in skin creams for rashes or just as an anti-aging regimen, and as part of an herbal mixture to remedy a multitude of conditions from digestive disorders to neurological conditions. 

Ghee is also known for its ability to remove toxins and is used to remove deeply seeded impurities in the organs as a preparation for the ayurvedic seasonal detox program,Panchakarma.

Animal studies have shown that ghee can have a beneficial impact on cholesterol, unlike traditional butter. Of course, it is still recommended that ghee be used in moderation.

Just switching your stick of butter for a jar of ghee could make you healthier while you continue to enjoy that buttery taste.

Ghee wasn’t that easy…. yeah my jokes do keep getting worse….

Well here how you make it 

Ingredients:

Organic Unsalted Butter

Directions:

Simmer sweet butter for 10 minutes over medium heat. Let cool for a few minutes, then remove all the white foam from the top. Clear yellow ghee will remain. Pour this through a cheesecloth into a container, not allowing any white sediment at the bottom of the pan to slide in. keep it bottled and it’ll last for a long time.

To be Honest about food, and myself

Is there any mood that food cannot cure.

or even cooking for that matter. I love cooking so much it isnt funny I will cook up a storm and throw things together that make no sense but taste great. Its addicting the whole cooking thing honestly it is. 

There are so many things I want to do in life. Cook, Farm, Martial Arts, Teach. I want  to own businesses and found a K-12 academy. I am in the military and about to be 20 years old have so many aspirations its ridiculous.

Back to the point of this though the secret to making things taste good when you randomly throw them together has got to be Cajun seasoning honestly there is nothing better than it. Treat any meal that is an amalgamation like it is gumbo or jambalaya. and then add some ginger to it and maybe teriyaki to taste or cook it  with bourbon or brandy. you are golden after that. honestly Cajun food a staple in my diet because when I am running low on things to make I can make Cajun with almost anything. My humble opinion.

Tasty Taro (or Tater) soup

Ingredients:

1 quart Taro root sliced 
1 quart celery sliced 
1 quart onions sliced 
1/8 cup raw minced garlic 
1/8 cup cooking oil 
2 tablespoons chilé powder 
1 tablespoon turmeric 
1 tablespoon cumin 
1 tablespoon coriander 
Pinch of cayenne 
Salt

Directions:

Layer the vegetables in a large pot with the taro on the bottom. Fill with water and add salt. Bring to a boil and cook until vegetables are tender. Meanwhile, sauté the chilé powder, turmeric, cumin, coriander, and cayenne in the cooking oil and then add to the soup.

Add garlic at the end before serving.

DON’T FORGET TO PREPARE THE TARO BEFORE THIS

Getting to the Root of things

MY FIVE FAVORITE ROOTS

Garlic

  • Fights viruses and bacteria.
  • Increases energy.
  • Tastes amazing.

Onion

  • Universal healing food.
  • Purifies and builds new blood.
  • Recommended for colds, fever, laryngitis, and diarrhea.
  • Increases mental clarity.

Ginger Root

  • Soothes and strengthens nerves by nourishing spinal fluid.
  • Increases energy and vitality.
  • Useful for menstruating women.

Turmeric

  • Good for the skin and mucous membranes.
  • Good for female reproductive organs.
  • Increases bone and joint flexibility, anti-inflammatory.
  • Tumeric needs to be cooked before eating; you can cook it with a little water to make a paste that will keep in the fridge.

My last one is TARO but I explained that already

Taro

Taro IS DELICIOUS

I don’t know how to stress that more but OMG MY BFF Jill it is amazing. On a serious note tre magnifique. You can do so much with it and as long as you prepare it right it wont do you wrong. one of many things I want to start growing myself. Taro is a root vegetable that is eaten in many different cultures around the world and has a rich history, with many possible recipes. The leaves of the taro plant are also used as a vegetable. Taro root is easily digestible and the leaves are a good source of vitamins A and C.

The Health Benefits of Taro

Taro root is often used in a similar fashion to a potato, but in fact has better nutritional qualities than a potato. It has almost three times the dietary fiber, which is important for proper digestive health and regularity. Fiber can also fill you up and make you feel less hungry with fewer calories. Taro root has a low Glycemic Index, as opposed to potato which has a high Glycemic Index. A low GI means that taro effectsblood sugar levels slowly, without the peaks and crashes of a high GI, which lead to increased hunger later on. Eating a diet of low GI foods can also help prevent diabetes.

Taro is nutritious, and is an excellent source of potassium, which is an essential mineral for many bodily functions. Taro also contains some calcium, vitamin C, vitamin E and B vitamins, as well as magnesium, manganese and copper. Taro leaves contain good amounts of vitamins A and C, fiber and a relatively high amount of protein.

Worries About Taro

Eating taro can lead to kidney stones and gout as well as other health complications if it is not prepared properly by boiling for the recommended amount of time. It can also be steeped in water overnight before cooking to further reduce the amount of oxalates. To absolutely minimize risk, milk or other calcium rich foods should be eaten with taro in order to block oxalate absorption. However, taro is a staple food for many people around the world and should not be considered a high risk food after it is cooked.

Taro has many benefits over potatoes but does actually contain more calories, gram for gram, with 142 calories per 100 grams to the 93 calories per 100 grams of a potato. However, with the additional benefits of fiber and a low Glycemic Index, taro is still a good choice as a starch vegetable.